Chelsea manager Frank Lampard identifies priority target to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga


Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has pinpointed Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as the man he wants to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer transfer window.

Kepa has made a number of mistakes for Chelsea this season and is quickly becoming a liability under Lampard.

The Spaniard signed for the Blues for £72million in a world-record deal for a goalkeeper back in 2018.

His first season with Chelsea didn’t go without its fair share of drama after he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final.

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Kepa did, however, make crucial penalty shootout saves in the Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt.

But this term, he’s finding it hard to put together a decent patch of form.

And against Leicester at the beginning of the month, Kepa was dropped by Lampard in favour of Willy Caballero.


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And according to Eurosport, Lampard has decided that he wants to bring in a new keeper at the end of the season.

They say that Chelsea have been scouting Lille shot-stopper Maignan for a number of months.

Lampard has made Maignon a priority for the Chelsea hierarchy to purse in the summer.

Lampard has already spoke of Kepa’s troubles this season, most notably after Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal in January.


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“I know there’s a focus on him at the minute. I think that’s top-line football,” he said.

“With his feet a couple of times today he took too long and nearly gave it away.

“And sometimes that can change the momentum of a game.

“So that’s something obviously that he’ll know and has to look at – and we have to look at.

“And yeah, it’s normal. Any player in a position, particularly goalkeepers, people will look at you and that’s when you stand up and show the mettle that you’ve got.

“So I think he’s not the only one. We’re in fourth position, which is seen as being pretty good.

“But I know and we know that there should be another 10 points on the board at least on performance.

“So all of us need to look at this finer details.”

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